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Plane Talk


Published 1965


Shows the varied forms of communications used by commercial air carriers in confirming reservations, preparing aircraft for flight, monitoring aircraft in flight and maintaining air-to-ground contact. With good imagery of passenger airline operations at the moment when air travel was just becoming a mass phenomenon. Director: Leo Rosencrans.


Run time 21:28
Producer Fairbanks (Jerry) Productions
Sponsor American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T)
Audio/Visual Sd, C

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Shows the varied forms of communications used by commercial air carriers in confirming reservations, preparing aircraft for flight, monitoring aircraft in flight and maintaining air-to-ground contact.


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Reviewer: JayKay49 - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2013
Subject: @ 6:20
...The dame forgot her hat in the hotel room but no problem. She just put the to-go plastic salad bowl from Wendy's on her head and headed off to the airport.

Later this same movie:
"That was a wonderful meal..." Wow! All that exuberance over a bag of peanuts? Oh that's right, back in the day...

Good airplane nostalgia, not to mention many good scenes of rotisserie phones (although the wife has a touch tone) and of phone booths.
Reviewer: Steve Carras - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2009
Subject: Rock and Doris..for real???
Interesting use of Rock and Doris..yeah, not then.. the usual Fairbanks's use of the familiar stock production music, the first of which was on early Hanna-Barbera shorts, is there.
Narrator and Fairbanks regular Larry Thor was on a particularly funny "Gilligan's Island" episode aorund this time as a radio announcer [in the episode where Gilligan finds a space camera.]
Reviewer: TheHOODLUM - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 22, 2004
Subject: 60's high technology at it's best!
If you want to know what the state of the art electronic systems were like in the 60's then this film is a muct see. The use of analog and electromechanical devices is shown in many scenes. Footage inside a central office even have the sounds of the equipment working, most noticable, the marker on a crossbar telephone switch. The footage of the airplanes is great too.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 23, 2004
Subject: Plane Pillow Talk?
I love this film, as it shows the up-to-the minute details of plane travel circa 1965. We see many plane companies not flying anymore, eg, Eastern, Western etc. and we also get to see many airport stylings of the time. Essentially, this film follows a man who is flying from Chicago to Los Angeles. When he gets to the airport, the counter person INSTANTLY knows, without checking the ticket the guy's name AND where he's going, now if that's not customer service, I don't know what is. He gets an earlier flight home, and he makes a call on a rotary pay phone which looks like a darn relic now. The husband (who looks like Rock Hudson) phones his wife (who looks like Doris Day) about the good news. he then gets on his plane (no metal detectors!) and sits beside a fat guy. They both laugh because the seat belt is too short! The stewardess gets an EXTENSION for the guy, and off they go. The film them goes off into how the plane keeps in contact with the ground, which is a little less interesting, save for the archiac 'computers' that they are using which of course, fit comfortably in a square mile of floor space. Luckily, because of weather conditions, they'll be arriving in LA 20 minutes earlier! The passengers react to this news as if it were the holy grail. Doris Day says "Ooh-ah!" to the news. (very funny!) after more radio talk, the plane lands, Doris and Rock are reunited, the music swells, and the credits roll! A MUST SEE on this site!
Reviewer: Steve Nordby - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 3, 2003
Subject: Phone talk
A 1965 AT+T film about the wonders of the Jet age and how the telephone is what makes it all work. Push button phones, credit card calls, tel-a-dex, reservation systems... Nice shots of the high technology of the 1960's that seem... hmmm "quaint". I would have rated this a notch higher if the film were not so extremely discolored (and dusty).
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